The homecoming committee at Pennsylvania State University has gone gender-neutral—eliminating the titles of Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen, starting in 2018.
The Penn State Homecoming Executive Committee made the decision in order to embrace “diversity” on the central Pennsylvania campus.
“(For) us as a university, it’s time that we go along with those changes that are occurring in our country,” said Renee Clauson-Rivera, the student Royalty Committee director.
“This year were opening it up to ten students male [or] female, regardless of gender expression, gender identify, or gender in general,” she added. “We’re choosing them based on Penn State’s six core values.”
Brushing off criticism from other students about the tradition of having gendered courts, Clauson-Rivera explained that, in time, the new tradition would win over the student body.
“As we continue to make this a permanent transition year after year, that it will become something that will be accepted,” she said.